Westchester Public Pools Guide 2015

Here's where to take a dip.

May 26, 2015

Dive in to one of the area’s many public pools this summer. Here’s where to go, how to get in, what it will cost you, and a bit about the facilities. All pools listed open June 26th.

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Rye Playland Pool
At Rye Playland you can enjoy the outdoor pool, play in the sand, walk along the boardwalk and, if that’s not enough for you, check out the rides or play a round of miniature golf! The pool itself is on the beach, and while you can’t really see the Long Island Sound from the pool, you may feel a breeze off the water now and then. There aren’t loungers — so don’t expect to lay out. It’s more about cooling down in the shallow end and swimming laps in the roped off swim lanes.

Opens for the season June 26th; Open Wednesdays though Sundays, 11am to 6:30 pm. The pool is closed Mondays and Tuesdays except holidays. No admittance after 6pm.

Cost: Adults $6, kids ages 5-11 $4, kids under 5 are free. From 4 – 6pm adults are $4 and kids ages 5-11 are $3. If you buy a Westchester County Pass, the rates are reduced.

1 Playland Parkway, Rye; 914-813-7010

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Saxon Woods Pool
Prepare to get wet. Saxon Woods is Westchester’s largest public swimming pool, and it’s got some really cool features for kids. Think: A twisty slide that spits you out into the pool. Plus, there’s lots of spraying water, and little ones will love running under the waterfall-like water spouts. If you get tired of the pool, there’s a 19 hole mini golf course on the property.

Pool is open June 26th seven days a week from 11am to 6:30pm. No admittance after 6pm.

Cost: Park Pass (see below) or proof of county residency is required for admittance. $15 for adults and kids; $6 with a Park Pass and ($4 after 4pm0, $4 for kids with Park Pass holder ($3 after 4pm) and children under 5 are free. Parking is included.

1800 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains; 914-995-4480

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The Brook at Tibbetts Brook Park 
This 81-year-old pool recently got a major facelift, and there’s lots of fun to be had: The pool has a spray playground, in-pool basketball and volleyball, lap lanes, in-pool benches and a lazy river with inner tubes. The original pavilions at the end of each pool have been restored creating a charming vintage style pool.

Pool opens June 26 and is open everyday from 11am to 6:30pm. No admittance after 6pm.

Cost: Park Pass or proof of county residency is required for admittance. $15 for adults and kids; $8 for adults with a Park Pass ($5 after 4pm) and $5 for kids with park pass holder ($4 after 4pm), children under 5 are free. Parking: $5 for Park Pass holders, $7 for resident non-Park Pass holders.

355 Midland Avenue, Yonkers; 914- 231-2865

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Willson’s Waves Pool at Willson’s Woods Park
Willson’s Waves offers four fun ways to cool off: play in the wave pool with 3-foot waves with inner tubes, slide down their two 18-foot water slides, watch your kids play in the water playground with sprays, fountains and slide (while you lounge next to it in just enough water to perfect your tan), and run around the sprinkler playground as you get splashed by 57 sprinkler heads (also ideal for the little ones).

Pool is open June 26 everyday from 11am to 6:30pm. No admittance after 6pm.

Cost: Park Pass or proof of county residency is required for admittance. $15 for adults and kids; $8 for adults with a Park Pass ($5 after 4pm) and $5 for kids with park pass holder ($4 after 4pm), children under 5 are free. Parking: $5 for Park Pass holders, $7 for resident non-Park Pass holders.

East Lincoln Avenue, Mount Vernon; 914-813-6990

What’s a Park Pass?
All Westchester County pools (except Playland) require a Westchester County Park Pass or photo ID and proof of residence. The Westchester County Park Pass is $60 and is good for 3 years. With the pass, you’re allowed to bring two adult guests and children under 12. The pass also gets you discounts to pools and beaches and perks including admission to tennis courts at Tibbetts Brook Park. If you don’t have a pass, you can show your driver’s license with a Westchester address, but you can’t bring guests.

So, here’s the low down: If you don’t plan on going to the pools a lot, take your Westchester Driver’s License and pay the slightly higher admittance. If you think you’ll go a lot, or if you want to bring friends who don’t live in Westchester, a County Park Pass is the way to go. If your family loves to swim, think about getting the Season Swim Pass which allows you unlimited swimming at all the pools. The only catch: you have to buy a county park pass before buying the season pass, but you’ll still save money if you plan on being there regularly! Season passes for individuals are $100 and family season passes are $250.

If your child has a summer birthday, you can have their birthday party at one of the Westchester County pools as well. Find out more here.

All photos courtesy of Westchester County Parks

 

End-of-Year Teacher Gift Ideas

What to get -- and what not to get.

May 21, 2015

Forget the “#1 Teacher” mugs, or any other tchotchke present with a teacher theme. “I honestly end up throwing most of those types of gifts out,” one kindergarten teacher recently told me. “You only have room for so much of that stuff in your house.” When I asked a few elementary school teachers what they’d prefer to get as an end-of-year thank you, they all said the same thing: something handmade by the child. Maybe a collage of pictures from the school year, a drawing, or even a simple hand-drawn thank you card.

Still, if you’re set on expressing your thanks with a gift, here are some fun ideas.

Personalized Note Cards
Paper Source sells prepackaged notecards that are monogrammed with a letter. You can purchase a set of 10 cards monogrammed with the first letter of the teacher’s last name ($6.50), tie them up with a pretty ribbon and drop them in a stylish gift bag. The present is inexpensive — but it’s personal enough to be meaningful. (You can match the notecards with an envelope sold in a rainbow of colors.)

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Claudia Pearson Tea Towels
Do you know that your child’s teacher loves to garden — or is she a crafty type? Then she’ll appreciate Brooklyn illustrator Claudia Pearson‘s colorful set of four season tea towels. Pearson’s whimsical designs can charm just about anybody, and who doesn’t appreciate a beautiful set of tea towels? The downside: They’re pricey, $52 for a set of four. The upside: They’re packaged in an adorable draw string cotton bag, which makes the gift all the more precious.

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Fancy Flip-Flops
Nothing welcomes summer vacation more than a great pair of flops to slip on and off. If you can do a little reconnaissance and find out your child’s teacher’s shoe size, this is a playful way to say thanks. I’m loving these bright pink Havaianas ($22) and these cutie Kate Spade Fifi flops ($48).

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A Blow Out
Who wouldn’t appreciate a good blow out from Plush Blow Dry Bar? At Christmas, I gave my son’s teachers each a gift card for one free blow out ($40) — and they went crazy with thanks. Talk about something a girl can use! Locations in Scarsdale, White Plains, Rye and Greenwich.

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Blue Hill Jam and Honey
Blue Hill Market has a wealth of great teacher gifts: There’s an herbal tea set packaged in a drawstring bag, Blue Hill roast flavor of Irving Coffee, even an adorable mini cutting board with a cow stamped on it. But I prefer to pick out a jam made from a summer fruit (raspberry, $14) and a jar of honey ($9.50), drop them in a Blue Hill brown gift bag, tie it up with ribbon — and voila, the perfect locally-sourced present.

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Summer Solstice Celebration at Stone Barns

Tickets go on sale today for this can't-miss event.

May 18, 2015

Stone Barns knows how to throw an outdoor party. On Friday, June 19, you can walk the grounds of the farm from 5pm to 9pm as part of a Summer Solstice Celebration — and you’re guaranteed to see more than the baby animals. To usher in the summer season, they’re going to have live music, food trucks and even better, a family square dance.

Yes, a family square dance.

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There will also be a bonfire to warm up around, evening field tours and storytime for little ones about putting the farm to bed. It sounds so charming — one of those events that parents and kids will both enjoy.

Tickets are reasonable: Adults are $20 per person, kids 2 to 15 are $10 and children under 2 are free. Buy tickets here.

Stone Barns Center For Food and Agriculture, 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills

 

Composting 101

How I started composting (it's super easy!), and how you can do it, too.

May 16, 2015

By Nancy Fann-Im, a freelance writer and editor who blogs at trippyplaces.com
We started composting at my house not because I’m on a mission to save the Earth, but because my daughter shamed me into it. Her elementary school has been composting all the students’ lunchtime scraps and educating them on why it’s important to do so, and my daughter has come home bursting with information on why we should be composting at home. After awhile, I decided to give it a shot.
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There’s all sorts of ways you could go about composting, and I chose the simplest method that I found online – no worms necessary. First, we set up a small container on the kitchen counter for gathering fruit and vegetable scraps. Then we bought a plastic, cylinder-shaped outdoor garbage can that came with a clasping lid. We drilled quarter-inch holes all over the garbage can so that the contents would be aerated. (For other compost bin design ideas, check out Home Composting Made Easy‘s comprehensive list.)
Next we started throwing in compostable garbage, which comes in two forms: “green” materials that produce nitrogen (such as food scraps and cut grass) and “brown” materials that produce carbon (such as fallen leaves and shredded paper or cardboard). The trick is to maintain a working balance of green and brown. If you find that your pile is getting too stinky, add more brown. If it isn’t decomposing fast enough, add more green. Don’t compost meat, dairy or bread products, which attract animals and will quickly turn your pile into a smelly mess. If you stick with veggie and fruit scraps for your green materials, the pile is surprisingly not stinky at all. Recycle Now offers a straightforward list of what you should and shouldn’t compost.
Once a week, we secure the lid of the garbage can tightly, lay it on its side, and roll it back and forth so that the contents are well mixed. The garbage will decompose on its own without the mixing, but it’ll happen more quickly this way. Pretty soon you should have some nice, nutrient-rich material to use in your garden or yard. It took us about a month to start to see results. My daughter is pretty excited about the whole thing.
Oh, and one happy side effect of composting? My kids have started eating more fruits and vegetables because they’re keen on throwing the peels and stems into the compost pile. Everyone wins!

Amazing Tree Peonies Are Here!

Head to Rockefeller State Park this weekend for a look.

May 15, 2015

Every year we wait and wait and wait for the stunning Peony Garden at Rockefeller State Park to bloom. Good news: They’re here! “They’re absolutely gorgeous,” said the park ranger, when I called to check on their bloom schedule before I drove to Pocantico Hills.

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Go soon! They only last for seven to ten days before the large, delicate blossoms disappear. After you wander through the Peony Garden, take a walk around Swan Lake, the perfect spot for turtle hunting with little ones.

If you’ve never been, here’s info on how to get to Rockefeller State Park.

Friday is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

And I got this email yesterday...

May 13, 2015

To celebrate this delicious holiday, Sherry B Dessert Studio would love to send you a chocolate chip inspired dessert. Are you able to receive a package this Friday? If so, can you please share the best address to send?”

Yes, please. This is not good for the extra post-pregnancy weight I’m trying to shed, but I can’t say no to my favorite chocolate chip cookies in Westchester. Remember this post about Sherry B? Click the photo to read the story.

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$10 Barre Classes in New Rochelle

Affordable boutique exercise for all.

May 11, 2015

It seems that everyday we get an email from a boutique fitness studio touting their new exercise classes, but Barre10 in New Rochelle got our attention right away. While most barre classes cost between $20 and $35 per session, Barre10 offers a monthly “10 for 10″ pack bringing the price down to $10. Um, yes, please!

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“My aim is to make this wonderful exercise method available to more people,” says owner Amy Landon-Arnel. “Our studio is unassuming and welcoming, and our teachers are supportive and friendly.”

Classes are offered six days a week, Monday – Friday mornings, Tuesday & Thursday evenings, and there’s one class on Sunday.  Classes are taught by experienced, supportive teachers at the studio in Temple Beth El, 1324 North Avenue. For more info is available at www.lovebarre10.com.

I’ve never taken the class, but I wanted to share based on the $10 deal alone!

Northern Westchester friends: If you know of a deal like this closer north of I-287, please share!

May Happy List

A special Mother's Day edition.

May 8, 2015

Happy Mother’s Day everyone! If you don’t have plans yet, here are some ideas to get you started. Plus, what else to do this month!

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Enjoy the wonders of spring at dusk when you walk through Van Cortlandt Manor during Lightscapes in Croton on Hudson. Similar to the Historic Hudson Valley’s Jack O’Lantern Blaze, Lightscapes is an illuminated display for springtime with fairies, flowers and magical plants. Kids love it. Ticketed showtimes every weekend through May.

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It’s Rye Playland’s Opening Day on Saturday, May 8th. Come for rides, a walk on the boardwalk, and live music. Admission is a special discounted $15 per person. There will also be a MarketFest by the Fountain Plaza featuring arts, crafts, and food vendors. Best of all, Westchester Children’s Museum will open that day as well. See our write-up here.

The New York Botanical Garden’s Mother’s Day Garden Party may be one of the loveliest ways to spend your Sunday, although you can go on Saturday, too. There will be live music and activities for kids along with lots of space for a picnic. With weather predicted in the 80s on Sunday, this may be the place to be.

It’s tradition for many moms in Westchester to head to the Teatown Plant Sale for their big annual Plant Sale, held May 8 and 9th. Expect native plants, both perrenials and annuals, and here’s the coolest part: They’ll be selling some special plants from Teatown’s Wildflower Island as well. Tours of the island on the hour on Saturday between 10am and 1pm. Admission is free on Saturday.

Like to thrift? Head to the Hastings Flea to peruse vintage furniture, clothing, jewelry and arts and crafts on Sunday, May 10th. There will also be live music, special goodies for mom, like gift certificates for free makeovers and yoga classes. Metro North Train Station Lot, Hastings.

Chappaqua is debuting the Chappaqua Flea Market on May 16th from 9am to 1pm in the Train Station Parking Lot. I haven’t been yet, but I’m curious…

It’s the first Bicycle Sunday on May 10th so bring the bikes and scooters to the Bronx River Parkway for a ride.

It’s Tarrytown Third Friday on Friday, May 15th from 5pm to 9pm. In addition to the usual street fair fun, Westchester Circus Arts will be doing aerial tricks.

On May 16th from 1pm to 5pm, head to ArtsWestchester in White Plains for a Family Arts Bash, featuring free family art workshops. Think: face painting, open studios, LEGO animation, even digital animation. Fun for all ages.

Head to the Irvington Public Library for Truck Day on Tuesday, May 19 from 4pm to 5pm. Police cars, fire trucks, front loaders – they’ll be there. No registration required.

Scarsdale Medical Group Launches its Cancer Health Assessment Program

Your annual OBGYN appointment isn't just a PAP Smear any more

May 6, 2015

This post was brought to you by Scarsdale Medical Group

The Pap smear is now not the only kid on the block. Your annual OBGYN appointment should be about familial cancer screening and breast health, too, says Scarsdale Medical Group’s OB/GYN physician, Dr. Beth Simon. And thanks to a new hereditary cancer and breast health risk assessment program she created, you can now find out if you’re at an increased risk of cancer based on your personal health history, family history and genetic markers.

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“Breast health should be more of the focus at an annual exam,” says Simon. “Pap smears, an indicator of cervical abnormalities, are really only necessary every 3 years in most patients due to the addition of the HPV (human papilloma virus) test.” And when it comes to an individual’s personal risk, family history is only one part of the risk assessment. Since 80 percent of cancers are sporadic — and only 20 percent tied to family history — Simon thinks it’s important for all women to assess their risk factors from both angles. “It’s an essential part of OB/GYN health today,” she says.

How the Program Works

Every patient that comes in for her annual exam will fill out a 2-sided detailed questionnaire reviewing their personal and family medical history. Factors such as the number of family members with various types of cancers and age at diagnoses are used to help determine who should be further screened with a blood test for genetic mutations that are known to predispose to certain cancers. The blood test, which is called My Risk, tests for 25 different genes associated with 8 forms of cancer. (My Risk is currently only covered by insurance if you are a candidate as determined by your prescribing doctor).   The questionnaire is used as a screening tool to see if you qualify for the blood test.

The second part of the program is to personalize risk assessment, specifically for breast cancer, based on the Gail model which takes personal factors into consideration (i.e. age of first period, breast biopsy history, ethnicity, etc.)  We need to address and decrease the 230,000 new cases of breast cancer in the US each year resulting in 40,000 deaths.  “There is protocol for treating low-risk patients and high-risk patients for breast cancer, however there are no clear guidelines for intermediate-risk patients,” says Dr. Simon. A new cheek-swab test, called Brevagen tests for 7 DNA polymorphisms (SNP’s) that are biomarkers for breast cancer.  These results get combined with their Gail assessment to re-evaluate their risk. “This combined assessment is personalizing each patient’s risk of breast cancer based on their gynecological and breast health history, with their genetics,” according to Dr. Simon.  Unfortunately, in NY State, this test has only been approved for women who are Caucasian and over the age of 35.   It may (hopefully) soon be approved in NY for other ethnicities, as it is in NJ.

The program is empowering women to take control of their future medical health. Genetic testing may be quite daunting to some, and Dr. Simon understands this, but finds most women want to be proactive about their health. (The questionnaire will soon be available online so patients can take as much time as they need to fill it out at home before bringing it to their annual appointment.) And Scarsdale Medical Group’s extensive specialty practices including dermatology, oncology, gastroenterology, etc., ensure that your medical treatment will be well coordinated between all the physicians treating one individual.

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Beth Simon, MD, (pictured above) and her partner, Ronald Reiss, MD, FACOG, are Scarsdale Medical Group’s OBGYN physicians along with GYN, Claudia Useda, MD. They accept many insurances and provide full OBGYN services including infertility/conception, obstetrics/pregnancy, breastfeeding consultations, ultrasound, gynecological care, well woman care and surgery. 

The provision of high-quality, personalized health care to Westchester County and New York’s Hudson Valley region has been the mission of the Scarsdale Medical Group for more than 50 years. Their working philosophy of compassion, confidence, and commitment has enabled them to become known and respected by patients and peers throughout the tri-state area.

Scarsdale Medical Group, 600 Mamaroneck Ave, Suite 301, Harrison; 124 East 84th Street, Ste 1a, New York City. (914)723-8100.

Mother’s Day at Mohonk Mountain House

Splurge on an afternoon of dining al fresco and hiking at this beautiful resort. Yes, a day trip!

May 5, 2015

By Nancy Fann-Im, a freelance writer and editor who blogs a www.trippyplaces.com

My family’s Mother’s Day tradition is to spend an afternoon at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, less than two hours north of Westchester. You can pay to stay a night or two in the main house – a grand Victorian mansion – but we always opt to go for just the day. Day guests have access to almost everything on the property, which is massive, consisting of the main house, Lake Mohonk, the manicured grounds and the wilderness beyond.

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We usually have lunch at the granary, a barbecue that’s set up with picnic tables overlooking Lake Mohonk. This year, the price for the cookout is $48 per adult and $28 per child over 4, and this includes the cost of the day pass ($26 per adult and $21 per child). The food is grilled right in front of you (there’s ribs!), plus you get a decadent salad and dessert bar (here’s the full menu). If you’d rather bring your own picnic lunch, you could just pay for the day pass fee to access the grounds. By the way, the barbecue at the granary should not be confused with the Mother’s Day luncheon that Mohonk offers in its main house; we tried that one year but found it to be rather stuffy and not worth the hefty price.

We always take a hike after lunch to work off the meal. Our tried-and-true route is to start off on Huguenot Drive, then wind our way up Sky Top Path, which gives you fantastic views of the mansion and lake. This route offers the most gradual incline and is an easy hike for kids. You can even push a jogging stroller the whole way.

Our favorite stop on the hike is the lily pond. It is so incredibly picturesque that it’s hard to do it justice with words or photos – you just have to see it for yourself. Then we continue along the trail until we reach the stone tower. Climb up the tower for even more awesome views if you have any energy left!

For those who’d rather not go hiking, Mohonk has a lovely garden on the premises, as well as a barn museum. You can also rent rowboats, kayaks or paddleboats to take out on Lake Mohonk. And from 4 to 5 pm, free milk and cookies are offered at the main house – something that’s of course a big hit with the kids. Enjoy the freshly baked cookies on the mansion’s wraparound porch, in one of the many wooden rocking chairs.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Mohonk Mountain House, 1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz; 855-883-3798. Reservations are strongly encouraged for the day pass, which are issued on a first come, first served basis. Reservations must be made in advance for lunch at the granary.

Think you don’t have the time or energy to exercise? Think again! Mind Body Fitness NYC, a trendy Brooklyn based business, is now offering in-home personal training and yoga sessions to Westchester clientele. You can now reclaim your body right in the comfort of your own home. No equipment, babysitters, or excuses necessary.

View More: http://jesstherightmoment.pass.us/meghanmaterinty

 

(Photo Credit: Jess Murphy

Mind Body Fitness caters to the prenatal and postnatal crowd (as well as the POST-postnatal crowd and beyond). Vogue.com recently featured them as one of the “best gifts” for new moms in NYC.  A knowledgeable staff of trainers, plus the convenience of in-home workouts, has attracted the attention of the busy mom. And these ladies see results…Mom and client Amy Heberling says:  “I have lost 35 pounds, competed in the NYC Triathlon, and most importantly I have made fitness an integral part of my life.  I feel healthier and stronger than ever before!”

Owner Meghan Covington, who has been featured in American Baby Magazine, Westchester Family Magazine and most recently on our site, built the business from the ground up 6 years ago. Having recently relocated with her family to Dobbs Ferry (from Brooklyn) Meghan comments, “We are excited to be offering our services to a new community. Our goal is to empower moms through fitness and yoga in the comfort of their own home.” She attributes her business’ success to being a mother herself. “Self-care is a challenge for mothers…especially when you are busy caring for everyone else. We try to keep it simple and easy for our clients.” House calls make it easy for parents. You save on travel time, babysitter expenses, and a gym membership you never use.  Plus, you are more likely to stay motivated when you have a trusted person to help you reach your goals.

More good news?  The sessions are affordable. Right now new clients can take advantage of the Mother’s Day Special: 3 sessions for only $150! Use code: 3forMOM.

To get started visit www.mindbodyfitnessnyc.com. You can also contact them directly @ 917-300-9047 and/or mindbodyfitnessinfo@gmail.com.

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Dim Sum Brunch

After much searching (and tasting), we found the go-to spot -- and it's right here in White Plains.

May 1, 2015

By Nancy Fann-Im, a freelance writer and editor who blogs at www.trippyplaces.com
If you love dim sum, there’s a restaurant in Westchester that will save you a trip to Chinatown or Queens. Aberdeen in White Plains is serving up fresh, authentic, tasty dim sum in the hidden-away lobby of the Marriott Residence Inn, right in the heart of downtown – and this place is the real deal.
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For those who are unfamiliar with dim sum, it’s a style of Chinese food that emphasizes small, shared dishes – think Chinese tapas. The thing that makes dim sum fun is the way it’s served: The wait staff pushes around carts that are carrying the dishes, pausing at each table to let diners point out what they want. A card is kept on your table, and as you order, your waiter marks your card to keep track of what you’ve eaten. You pay accordingly in the end. At Aberdeen, dishes range from $2.95 to $5.95.
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As a kid, I loved dim sum, which was a rare treat. I would eye the carts rolling past my table, craning my neck to see if they contained my favorite dishes – it’s really a lot of fun. I’m so happy to be able to pass on this tradition to my own kids, but seeing as how they’re more familiar with mac ‘n’ cheese for lunch, it’s not always easy to introduce dim sum dishes to them. Some options are definitely more kid-friendly than others.
The least threatening and most tasty dish, in my opinion, is the roast-pork bun (be sure to get the steamed version, which is white in color, not the baked one, which is brown). This is just delicious, sweet roast pork ensconced in a soft, chewy bun.
My favorite dish as a kid (and as an adult) is the shrimp rice noodle. My kids don’t like shrimp, so they get the beef rice noodle. It’s basically three giant noodles that wrap around a meat filling. The waiter will douse the whole thing in soy sauce tableside. Yum.
If your kids enjoy dumplings, then they must try the soup dumplings, which are pork-filled and include a sip of soup inside each delicate wrapper. Also not to be missed in the dim sum dumpling category are har gow (shrimp dumplings in a see-through wrapper) and shiu mai(pork and shrimp dumplings topped with shiitake mushrooms).
There are designated dessert carts that go around, and my absolute favorite thing to get from these are the egg tarts, which feature a flaky pastry shell and slightly sweet, egg custard filling. It’s the perfect way to end the meal.
One of the things I love about Aberdeen is that the staff goes out of its way to make dim sum accessible to everyone, including those who are unfamiliar with the dishes. You can request the picture menu, which includes descriptions and photographs of everything being offered. If you’ve been waiting for a certain dish to come around but it never shows up, you can ask a waiter to just bring it to you. And I overheard more than one patron asking their waiter, “What is this?” and receiving a patiently delivered, thorough explanation.
The downside? When you’re the only legit dim sum place in town, there’s going to be a wait for a table. Expect to sit around for at least 30 minutes if you arrive any time after noon on the weekend. We arrived just before noon and waited about 10 minutes. Fortunately, the lobby of the Marriott features many distractions, and there are some impressive displays of live fish at the restaurant entrance, so my children had plenty of things to keep them occupied.
Aberdeen, 3 Barker Ave., White Plains (enter through the Marriott lobby); 914-288-0188. Dim sum is served daily from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

$7 Keratin Oil Shampoo Vs. $40 Kerastase Shampoo

April 29, 2015

There are moments when I’m so disgusted by the sight of my frizzy hair that I’ll spend *anything* to fix it. So when my hair stylist promised that the uber-pricey Kerastase Bain Chroma Riche would transform my hair, I splurged on the shampoo and conditioner. Note: Kerastase is surprisingly magical at smoothing out the frizz and giving your hair an overall […]

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Sponsored Post: The YWCA Creative Adventures Camp in White Plains

April 28, 2015

The YWCA is gearing up for another summer of fun and learning at their Creative Adventures Camp! For campers ages 3-6, the program is designed to keep young children moving, laughing, and enjoying summer, while continuing their exposure to literacy, science and math. Kicking off June 29, 2015, the YWCA Creative Adventures Camp program runs […]

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Update: Westchester Children’s Museum

April 27, 2015

Last week, we checked in with Julie Sootin, the development director at the Westchester Children’s Museum, to find out how far along the museum is — and what, if anything, is set to open in the coming months. Good news: There’s movement. What’s new this spring? This May, the museum will reopen with expanded exhibits. “We are […]

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The Taco Project in Tarrytown

April 24, 2015

By Michelle Gillan Larkin, a mom and writer living in Northern Westchester. I’m not a fan of fast food. For me, or my four and a half year old son. But, what I am a BIG fan of is healthy, affordable eats that we can gobble on the go, or linger over when, on rare […]

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